The Summit wildfire in California's Santa Cruz mountains destroyed 36 homes and 18 other buildings, and led to the evacuation of hundreds.
Firefighters had the blaze 80% contained by Monday morning, according to the Mercury News, but not before the fire had done its damage.
At 3,970 acres, it is one of the larger and more damaging fires so far in 2008. Currently, it is one of 11 large wildfires burning 70,329 acres across the United States, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.
To date in 2008, wildfires have burned an area of land 59% greater than the 10-year average.
Scientists have warned that wildfire is one of the most easily predicted consequences of global warming. As mountain snowpacks decrease, evaporation increases and dry spells grow more prolonged, fire risk rises.
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